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Topic Started: Jan 6 2016, 06:20 AM (1,225 Views)
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((Nate Turner continued from The Theatrics Formula))

Nate Turner was collecting a small mountain of textbooks in his arms, far more than he could ever hope to get through in one sitting. As was usually the case when he was worked up, Nate had not thought things that far through when he'd been pulling books off the shelf like they were going out of fashion.

Earlier that day in math class, they'd been informed of an upcoming in-class test. Nothing major, mind, more of an evaluation and recap than anything, but that part had more or less gone over Nate's head. As much as Nate hated maths, he hated tests even more.

Not only were they a great way to be reminded of how terrible he was at schoolwork, but then he got to look forward to that awful grade staring him in the face a few days later, and he knew everyone else could see his reaction, so then they knew he got a bad grade too. So, not only did he get to know that he was an idiot, but everyone else got reminded of it too.

So yeah, Nate was trying to make sure that that didn't happen by cramming as much information in as he could between then and now. Not that it would help, nor that it ever did.

As he rounded the shelves, satisfied with his pile of literature to cross-reference his own notes with, he immediately scanned the room for someone to study with. Studying in groups was much better than studying alone, because pretty much everyone understood this stuff better than him. The fact that the other person was usually quick to tell him not to worry so much and that he was being too hard on himself was also a huge perk, but not one that ever crossed his mind. Not consciously, anyway.

He spotted Lani over by the window, and was already heading in that direction as the nerves immediately began to ease up just a little.

"Hey, Lani! How's it going? Mind if I join you?" he asked, not moving to take a seat until she gave the ok, but very much ready to when it was recieved.
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“Yeah, yeah.” He chuckled an awkward chuckle, taking the free seat whilst dropping his pile of texts down with an audible thump. “I’m pretty dumb after all, so gotta hit the books.”

He grinned at his own remark, but of course it was a pained grin. One of those 'Please take pity on me' kind of looks, at its core. He didn’t want some kind of encouragement that he wasn’t an idiot, he was pretty used to that idea, but anything Lani might’ve said to try and perk him up would’ve been appreciated.

“It’s kay though, I’ll leave when your tutor gets here. Don’t want to be in your way, or anything.” The fact that Lani was seeing a tutor at all surprised Nate just a little: this wasn’t the first time he’d seen her hitting the books in the library, but unlike him she seemed to have her head wrapped around stuff more often than not. Maybe it was seeing a tutor that helped her keep the edge? Maybe seeing a tutor was what he needed?

Meh, that was probably a bad idea. Waste of their time and his money, most likely.

For the moment, he could just talk things over with his friends or get his dad’s help, or ask Toby or Paul. At least, he could if they weren’t busy or too tired from work, which they often were.

“I bet with all the studying you do, you’re not worried about the test at all, eh Lani?”
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“Heh, yeah, you and me both.”

Already Nate was starting to feel a little better, thanks to Lani’s generous efforts to relate over their shared mathematics gripes. Even if he was going to bomb on this test, it was always nice when other people leant him a little reassurance that he wasn’t alone in being lost in the world of numbers and formulas.

He did smile more sincerely when Lani said that he wasn’t being in the way, which was something he liked to hear. Hopefully Joshua would feel the same way when he showed up; Nate had voted for him after all. Now that he thought about it, sitting down and studying with the vice-president would be a new one; he’d probably be a pretty interesting guy to talk to.

He had to take a moment to remind himself that it was only the student council that he was thinking about, not an actual president.

“Why do we even have to do maths anyway?” he asked, thoughts going back to Lani as he added a little filler to the conversation with a question that, really, he knew the answer to. Academics was pretty big in his family, and his brothers for the most part had all done pretty well in school, certainly better than him. Even if he didn’t like maths, that didn’t mean it wasn’t important and kept them in the black. That was one of things his dad had tried to tell him when he’d asked him to help with his homework a few months back. It had not been a productive session.

Whatever, he didn’t need maths if he decided to be a pastor, right?

“Oh, unless you were going to do something with it in college, or something?”
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Nate could definitely relate to Lani feeling pressured by her mom to do well. At least, he thought he knew what it felt like to be pushed to do better in subjects he didn’t like, but maybe he couldn’t totally relate to feeling pressured to go on to higher learning.

“I don’t know if I’m going to college, to be honest.” He shrugged, that trademark self-doubt not showing up in the words this time. “I’ve got four brothers, and only one of them went to college, so it’s not something my parents have said I have to do or anything, you know?”

“I don’t think I’d go if I could, though. I don’t really like any subjects that you go to college for, except maybe English, and I don’t want to be a writer or anything, so I might as well skip all the debt, right?” he continued, the pile of math books continuing to remain untouched at his side. “I did think about becoming a pastor when I’m older, but I think most of them go to college? I dunno, maybe I can just be one of the ones that doesn’t have a degree.”

Truthfully. his mom had been the one pushing the point that further education was important to joining the clergy, in another attempt to promote his independence. Nate wasn’t aware of that motive, but at the same time it did mean that he and Lani were in fairly similar situations after all.

As he’d been talking to Lani, Joshua had appeared. “Hey, Josh!” he smiled, lifting a hand in a small wave. “Congrats on the election.”

Ah, that was right: he’d said he’d get out of the way when Lani’s tutor showed up. Though, at the same time she'd said it was ok if he'd stuck around, hadn't she? Still, Nate was too polite not to at least ask.

“Sorry, you guys probably have stuff to do; should I leave?” he asked, motioning to stand up and get his things, whilst once again making those puppy dog eyes that quietly pleaded not to be made to go and forced to think about studying again.
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“Oh, sure! If Lani doesn’t mind.” Nate smiled, plucking up the courage to go for one of the balls without waiting for permission first, savouring a modest, yet zesty bite. “Mmm, these are great!”

Chewing and swallowing, he looked back and forth between Josh and Lani with a content smile. This was exactly what he needed after panicking for half the afternoon: some friendly people who were happy to lend a hand and who were happy to have him around too. The tasty baking was just an added bonus.

Still, he couldn’t help but catch sight of Jane over at the other table. Sat there all alone, even though she’d taken the time to stop and say hi. How was it fair that she didn't get any company either? Nate may have found Jane intimidating a lot of the time, but that didn't mean she should've been left out without a thought.

Oh, right, Josh had asked him a question.

“Hm? Oh, yeah, I’m really bad at math.” He nodded, but still distracted by Jane. She really did look left out, and maybe she just needed an invitation? The worst she could do was say she was busy, he figured. Which was fine.

“Hey, Jane?” he called, a deal louder than he really should’ve in a library. “Did you want to come study with us?”

“I mean, as long as that’s okay with you guys.” He asked, consideration drawn back to his two present companions. After all, he was the guest in this study session.
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Nate listened to the conversation at hand until he was interrupted by the buzzing of a phone in his pocket, its beeping to announce that he’d gotten a text loud enough for all the library to hear. He never was one to remember to mute it in these sorts of places.

As he pulled it out and checked the screen, (it was an older model, of course; nothing flashy or cool) his heart skipped a beat. Typical that he’d forget what he was supposed to be doing right then and there instead of being in the library. Why wasn’t he better at keeping track of things?

“Ah, geez.” He whimpered, standing up in his chair. “I’m sorry guys, I’ve got to go.”

He slung his backpack up over his shoulder, hurrying out of the library before he had time to realise that he was supposed to restack all the books he’d taken down.

((Nate Turner continued elsewhere))
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